The Art Of Slow Reading

Books

Your eyes skim across the pages of the book from left to right racing towards the finish line in anticipation. You feel a wave of excitement discovering what happens next as you determinedly read quickly through the book. There’s a great sense of accomplishment that comes from finishing a book, but ultimately reading is about quality, not quantity. If we are able to read a book and absorb the wisdom, lessons and knowledge while applying it in our own lives, then that’s one of the most rewarding things in life.

Remember when you were a child listening attentively to a storybook and the excitement of hearing what happens. There’s a great sense of presence, visualisation, engagement and empathy towards the characters. The story is read at a steady pace as we listen to the different tones and tempo of the story. There’s a simple joy in reading as we’re taken on a journey with the characters while being transported into an entirely new world.

We are often rushing through time which can make us lose sense of the present. Fast reading can come in handy as a skill and it’s incredibly prevalent in our daily lives. For example, when you’re reading a news article, watching subtitles on the television or when you’re looking through a document you will naturally look for keywords and information at a glance. However, when it comes to reading a book, the best kind is when we are able to engage with the story we’re reading and deeply listen and connect with it.

Art by Monica Barengo

4 thoughts on “The Art Of Slow Reading

  1. This is a great observation, Katie. So often we are rushing reading unconsciously, such as skimming headlines and news articles. I remember reading as a child, I’d want no distractions. No TV on, no people talking loudly just me in a quiet room reading and absorbing every detail and imagery from the words. You learn the most when you pay attention to what you are doing, and that applies to reading.

  2. this was very insightful. i feel like people are always trying to read as much as they can and have yearly challenges. i personally love reading one book a month or less because i really take my time absorbing what i read.

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